What is the BETACAM MPEG IMX tape format?

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What is the BETACAM MPEG IMX tape format?

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As the broadcast industry moves toward a digitally networked environment, broadcasters have come to realize the significant need of consistent MPEG compression throughout the entire production process. Because of its quality, cost-effectiveness and efficiency in transmission, MPEG-2 a standard for DTV distribution has become the ideal choice among the various compression schemes for the future. In response to this, the BETACAM IMX format was developed and introduced by Sony in 2001. Operating on MPEG-2 4:2:2 P@ML at 50 Mb/s, I-frame-only compression, the MPEG IMX format offers powerful legacy playback capabilities of Digital BETACAM, BETACAM SX, analog BETACAM SP and BETACAM standard-definition 1/2-inch tape formats. This not only protects vast quantities of archive material but also allows continued use of all important acquisition tools for a smooth migration path to an open MPEG environment. The BETACAM MPEG IMX format records 8-bit, 422 component digital video signals using a 5:1 c